Planning & Development Services

Service Change

The Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) lobby continues to be closed to public walk-in traffic, however, we are open for appointments. The most efficient way to assist our customers and the public continues to be via telephone, email and video conferencing options; and our application and permit intake processes will continue to be done digitally. Please use the links under the "How Do I" to get more information about application and permit submission.
However, if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with staff we have appointment times available for general permitting, building and land use inquiries. Please complete this appointment request form or call 360-778-5900 to make an appointment.  If you have already applied for a permit--do not use this appointment scheduling option--please contact the assigned planner directly to schedule a meeting.

How Do I?

  1. Natural Resource News

    The 2021 Natural Resource Newsletter was recently mailed to rural landowners in Whatcom County. Read on...
  2. Launch of Whatcom County C-PACER Program

    On July 13, 2021 Whatcom County Council adopted Ordinance 2021-041 establishing the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACER) Program in Whatcom County (WCC 16.50). Read on...
  3. Burn Restrictions Lifted in Whatcom County Effective Monday September 20, 2021

    Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain, the Fire Marshal’s Office will lift the burn ban for outdoor burning. The burn ban will be lifted at 8:00 AM on Monday, September 20th, 2021 for the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. Read on...
View All

Planning and Development Services Mission Statement

The mission of Planning and Development Services is to ensure growth and development occurs in a manner that protects public health, safety and welfare, preserves the natural environment and ensures the quality of life enjoyed by citizens and visitors in Whatcom County is maintained and enhanced.